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Stand Your Ground – Watch this video, and learn yourself something

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 7:00pm 6/21/2015 at 7:00pm

As our readers know, Andrew Branca is THE expert on self-defense and Stand Your Ground law. He also has a great deal of knowledge about 2nd Amendment and gun control issues.

What you might not recall, is that Andrew originally was a commenter at Legal Insurrection. In the run up to the...

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‘Stand Your Ground’ Repeal Effort Mercifully Dies In Florida Senate

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 5, 2014 at 4:00pm 5/5/2014 at 4:00pm

The primary Florida legislative initiative to repeal the state’s Stand-Your-Ground — SB116, embedded below — has officially died a sad little death in the state senate, as reported on the official state Senate legislative tracking site.  (This also effectively  dooms the complementary bill introduced in the...

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Breaking – E.J. Dionne unable to grasp Stand Your Ground laws

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:30pm 2/21/2014 at 3:30pm
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E.J. Dionne, Jr., in his Washington Post piece entitled “Repeal stand-your-ground laws,” presents us with yet another example of the utter inability of too many journalists to grasp the relatively simple and straightforward legal concept commonly referred to as “Stand-Your-Ground.”

Humorously, the first paragraph of his piece had me utterly convinced that Dionne...

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Stand Your Ground law is not a “license to kill”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 17, 2014 at 2:30pm 2/17/2014 at 2:30pm

The failure of the jury in the Michael Dunn case to convict Dunn of First Degree Murder or any of its lesser included offenses in the killing of Jordan Davis has led to a predictable outpouring of claims that that the case reflects societal racism, if not racism in the judicial...

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Reader “Stand Your Ground” Pop Quiz

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:00pm 2/9/2014 at 8:00pm

Andrew is taking a much needed day off, and tomorrow will resume live coverage — with mid-day and end-of-day wrap ups — of the Michael Dunn Trial, which enters week no. 2.

Here is a report from CBS News  (I believe Friday night).  A similar report was on the NBC nightly news...

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Florida Theater Shooting Induces Another Round of “Stand Your Ground” Mania

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:05pm 1/14/2014 at 6:05pm

Ever since the phrase “Stand-Your-Ground” caught the eye of journalists everywhere, it seems they simply cannot get enough of it.

“Stand-Your-Ground” here, “Stand-Your-Ground” there, “Stand-Your-Ground” everywhere.

The latest breakout of “Stand-Your-Ground-Mania” is now emerging around a tragic and apparently completely unnecessary shooting in a Tampa-area theater yesterday, as described in a piece from...

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“Stand Your Ground” opponents mangle law and Trayvon facts at Senate Hearing

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 5:46pm 10/29/2013 at 5:46pm

This morning Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois held a US Senate hearing nominally on the subject of Stand Your Ground laws.

Here I’ll just share an overview of the testimony, along with my own general observations. (More detailed posts will likely follow.)

My first general observation is that the anti-SYG folks were,...

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Florida Senate “Stand Your Ground” panel advocates for lawsuits against people who lawfully defend themselves

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8:00am 10/10/2013 at 8:00am

The Orlando Sentinel reports that an ad hoc Florida state Senate panel, drawn together specifically to advocate changes to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, has emerged to announce that there should be changes to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

The key change sought by the panel is to impose limits on the immunity from...

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Stand Your Ground: The “New” Self-Defense Doctrine That’s 136 Years Young

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 8:00am 7/23/2013 at 8:00am

Much has been made lately of the self-defense legal doctrine of Stand-Your-Ground, mostly for political purposes unrelated to any actual legal application of the doctrine (for more on this, see here: Stand-Your-Ground: Gun Control Zombies Exploit Grieving Black Community).

Stand Your Ground Does Not Make it Legal to Just Kill on a Whim

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Defenders of Michigan union violence now love “stand your ground”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:24am 12/15/2012 at 10:24am

WaPo reports, Crowder files complaint with Michigan state troopers:

Delivering on a pledge that he made this week on “Hannity,” Fox News contributor Steven Crowder has filed a complaint with the Michigan State Police in connection with the pummeling he sustained during the union protests Tuesday in the Michigan capital of Lansing....

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Zimmerman says never heard of Stand Your Ground law prior to incident

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 9:12pm 7/18/2012 at 9:12pm

There has been a lot written, including here, about Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, and the role it played in the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

Almost all of the criticisms of the law as applied to this case revolve around the allegation that the law creates a propensity for...

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Faux Science: Claim that homicides surged under Florida’s “Stand-Your-Ground” law

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 7:30pm 11/27/2016 at 7:30pm

The scientific journal JAMA Internal Medicine has published a paper utterly devoid of scientific or public policy merit, fraught with abject error and ignorance, and utterly lacking any arguable purpose other than to deceive gullible readers about the nature and merits of Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground law.

The JAMA study follows another supposedly scientific...

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Retrial Begins for Firefighter Who Selfied “Stand-Your-Ground”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 16, 2015 at 6:10pm 11/16/2015 at 6:10pm

A re-trial begins this week in Houston for retired firefighter Raul Rodriguez who was previously convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years in jail, reports the Houston Chronicle.  Rodriquez had unsuccessfully argued self-defense at trial. The notable oddity of this case was the fact that Rodriguez had videotaped himself rather bizarrely...

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Stand-Your-Ground Study Authors Concede They Didn’t Study Stand-Your-Ground

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10:00am 11/6/2015 at 10:00am

I know I promised that my prior post would be my last on the thoroughly debunked “scientific” paper, “Race,law, and health: Examination of ‘Stand Your Ground’ and defendant convictions in Florida.”

The debunking took place in these posts:

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Social Sciences Study of Stand-Your-Ground Strikes Out

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 5:45pm 11/5/2015 at 5:45pm
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This is my third (and hopefully final actually, one more coming!) post on a recently published social sciences paper: “Race, law, and health: Examination of ‘Stand Your Ground’ (SYG) and defendant convictions in Florida” (Social Science & Medicine, Volume 142, October 2015, pages 194-201; pay-walled )

The paper applied a Public Health...

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Stand-Your-Ground Racial Bias Study used “media definition,” not “legal definition”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 1:00pm 11/4/2015 at 1:00pm

Last week here I wrote a post about a “scientific” study of Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground (SYG) law. That paper was published in the Elsevier journal “Social Science & Medicine.”

The paper: “Race, law, and health: Examination of ‘Stand Your Ground’ (SYG) and defendant convictions in Florida” (Social Science & Medicine, Volume 142, October...

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NY Times’ mindless editorial over Stand-Your-Ground law

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 2, 2015 at 10:00am 11/2/2015 at 10:00am

I imagine we’ve all chuckled at the mindlessness which the New York Times provides opportunities to observe the Murray Gell-Mann amnesia effect in action.

From my own perspective as an expert in use-of-force law I fail to recall a single instance in which the NYT has so much as approached factual accuracy or displayed contextual understanding in a piece on...

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